We Have a Story Exhibit Reception and Conversation on Homelessness

“We Have a Story: Homeless in Colorado Springs,” is a documentary project completed in 2019 by people experiencing homelessness. This project seeks to capture the unique experiences of these individuals through photos and stories. The six individuals who participated in the project present their distinctive perspectives of this complex and diverse community, which is not easy to define. As one participant said in his oral history, “We all have our story, which is the point of this [project].”

The photographers created this exhibit using Photovoice, a participatory research methodology. They each took pictures over a three-week period in September 2019, meeting at Penrose Library to discuss them as a group with a professional photographer. Each participant also sat with a historian to conduct an oral history. At the end of the project, they selected two of their images and wrote an accompanying artist story.

Join us in celebration of the exhibit where people experiencing homelessness in Colorado Springs share photos and stories about their daily lives. In observance of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week (11/16 - 11/24), come learn more about homelessness in Colorado Springs. Event also includes a panel discussion and conversation on homelessness.

The photos and narratives will be shown at both Penrose Library and Library 21c in November 2019, and East Library and Sand Creek Library in December 2019. They are also available online.

The photos, narratives, and oral histories are accessible in Special Collections at Penrose Library, which preserves the stories and records of the Pikes Peak region. “We Have a Story: Homeless in Colorado Springs” contributes to the region’s history by documenting the stories of contemporary residents who are typically not represented in a community’s historical record.

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My late daughter had a passion for the homeless. As a graduate of Palmer High School she led projects in Acacia park giving toiletries to the homeless. She took it a step further working at the Marian House Soup kitchen. When she relocated to Philadelphia for a job, she continued to serve the homeless including the community college students that gave testimonies to her good food brought to class for hungry students struggling to keep a roof over their heads. I as her mother supported her with toiletries and food for this endeavor even when I was struggling as a graduate student myself working part-time, because this was fulfilling for both of us. I have another meeting that day that ends at 3:00p.m. but will make it a point to stop by on my way home.

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